U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball is joining Tennessee women in celebrating Women’s Equality Day. This day honors and spotlights when women were granted the right to vote on August 26, 1920.
“There is so much more that needs to be done. The right to vote has been granted but there is still a long road that we must travel in giving women equal footing everywhere,” Ball said over the weekend to the Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women at their Fall meeting in Murfreesboro.”We’ve come a long way but the fight isn’t over. No woman should have to fight for equal pay. No person working a 40 hour work week should live in poverty.”
Earlier this year, Sen. Lamar Alexander made a mockery of the Paycheck Fairness Protection Act asking in subcommittee what the bill did for men, tying the issue into the Affordable Care Act.
“I find that appalling,” Ball said. “Women are paid 77 cents on the dollar to what a man makes in the same position. That is a fact and basically what we are telling working women is they aren’t worth the same pay. That is not only unfair, it is heinous.”
Ball cited that there are still huge gaps in equality for men and women. For example, only 16 percent of American companies offer full, paid maternity leave. He reminded the Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women over the weekend that he stands firmly with them in voting No on Amendment 1. Alexander has said he publicly supports Tennessee legislators telling women what they can or cannot do with their bodies.
“No legislator has any right to tell a woman how to handle her personal healthcare decisions,” Ball said.
“Women’s Equality Day celebrates what generations of women have accomplished through blood, sweat and tears in obtaining voting rights, which Tennessee was instrumental in passing, yet there is still a long road in front of us to make sure that women have the same rights and privileges as men do,” Ball added.